Can a traffic offence be a criminal offence?

If you’ve been charged with a traffic offence in Queensland there is a chance that this may be recorded on your criminal history. While most traffic offences are minor offences, if the traffic offence is of a serious enough nature, it may end up on your criminal history depending on various circumstances.   If you … Read more

How Do Criminal Proceedings Impact My Blue Card?

In Queensland, a blue card is required for anyone who wishes to work or volunteer with children. The regime is administered by Blue Card Services and is governed by the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000.   For industries in which a blue card is necessary for work – such as childcare, or youth … Read more

Edwards v Queensland Police Service [2021] QDC 88

The District Court of Queensland has recently allowed an appeal against sentence, finding that the learned Magistrate initially imposed a sentence which was manifestly excessive. The Magistrates Court Proceedings On 9 March 2021, Mr. Aaron Leigh Edwards (Mr. Edwards) pleaded guilty to two counts in the Magistrates Court. The first, a charge of willful damage … Read more

Three Key Changes to the QLD Criminal Code relating to Child Sexual Offences Reform

Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 The Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 was assented to by Queensland Parliament on 14 September 2020.   This article will summarise three key changes to the Criminal Code which have arisen from this amending Act. Note … Read more

Legal privilege trumps police search warrant

Case Note: Commissioner of Police v Barbaro [2020] QCA 230 Lawyer – Client privilege was seen to constitute a ‘reasonable excuse’ for the refusal to comply with a valid police search warrant in the recent case of Commissioner of Police v Barbaro [2020] QCA 23. This case reinforces the importance of maintaining client privilege and … Read more

Case Note – University of Queensland & Anor v Y [2020] QCA 216

The case of University of Queensland & Anor v Y [2020] QCA 216 provides an insight into the prospects of contractual obligations of learning institutions for students who have since left or graduated. The implications of this decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal extends widely to learning, religious and incorporated bodies and prompts important … Read more

Stealing, Robbery, Burglary: What is the difference?

I am sure you have seen the headlines that appear in the news every few days about a store being robbed, cars being stolen, or homes being broken into. Whilst these offences may overlap or share some common characteristics, stealing, robbery and burglary are different offences under the Queensland Criminal Code. This article explains the … Read more

America’s Got Talent and the Golden Thread

On Sunday morning, while scrolling along my social media newsfeed, I came across one of those inspirational, uplifting (and often yes, I concede, sappy) America’s Got Talent Audition videos.   This audition video centred around a 45 year old man African American man named Archie Williams who, in 1983 was incarcerated for the rape and murder of a 32-year-old woman in the State of Louisiana.    … Read more